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ERIC Number: EJ1205647
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0362-6784
Differentiating Citizenship, Criminalizing Diversity: Problematizing "Convivencia" in Education in Spain
Hernando-Lloréns, Belén
Curriculum Inquiry, v48 n5 p521-539 2018
This article traces the conditions that made possible the legislation of police surveillance of schools as a "solution" to the "problems" of "convivencia" in school, during a period of social and racial diversification of Spanish society. During the 1980s and 1990s, "convivencia" -- the ideal of living together in harmony -- served as a discourse for producing a new imaginary of conviviality in a new liberal-democratic political culture after a long dictatorship. However, since 2000, the "problem" of "convivencia" reassembled in Spain's public sphere as a "problem" of diversity, violence and public safety. But what is it about "convivencia" in diverse schools and society that has made it seem reasonable to have police surveil schools and students as a solution to the "problems" of "convivencia?" Through the critical encounter of historical and ethnographic analysis of educational policy and printed media, I interrogate the notion of "convivencia" by tracing the ways in which "problems" of "convivencia" have been deployed in Spain's cultural politics to produce and differentiate citizens both within and outside the educational field. I argue that "convivencia" has functioned as a moving target in forming the ideal citizen and has embedded a division that differentiates human bodies by gendering and racializing their attributes through a civilizing agenda.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Spain